To seal or not to seal, that is the question...

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To seal or not to seal, that is the question...

Postby LarryJ » Sun Oct 12, 2014 2:54 pm

I posted this in the construction section but this is probably a good question for this thread also.

I'm at the point of sanding and filling (and sanding some more...), next step is applying canvas.

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My question is if I should coat the whole thing with a poly mix before applying the canvas?

I'd like the extra waterproofing penetration the mix would give, but don't want to decrease the hold of the glue holding down the canvas.

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Re: To seal or not to seal, that is the question...

Postby mikeschn » Sun Oct 12, 2014 3:10 pm

Hey Larry,

After reading the subject line, I said to myself, "Seal or course!"

After reading the details in your post, I suspect that the poly resin isn't necessary, because the glue/canvas/paint is probably all the sealant you need. But of course, I hope Glenn chips in.

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Re: To seal or not to seal, that is the question...

Postby GPW » Thu Oct 16, 2014 7:03 am

JMHO, the canvas/glue (painted later of course) is all you really need for protection ... And you “could" add a waterproofing poly mix later to anything that didn’t get canvassed over... :thinking:

With poly first on the wood , the canvas wouldn’t adhere as well as on the bare wood , where it will stick like CRAZY ... All tests of canvas on plywood (TB2) ... the wood always failed first .. :o Try a small tests yourself with scraps ... Amazing the extra strength that canvas over plywood gives... but foremost it keeps BENT plywood from splitting and de-laminating... If I’d canvassed just the roof on my first wooden TD, I’d probably still have it ... :roll:
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Re: To seal or not to seal, that is the question...

Postby GPW » Tue Oct 28, 2014 7:37 am

Just thinking about this a little more .... It may be best in the long haul to completely seal all inner framing/floor/hatches just as a matter of course. In a wooden trailer , a canvas skin outside wouldn’t be there to purposely add strength as with a foamie’ trailer structure... although it will . So actually the plywood walls /roof/etc. could be thoroughly sealed/waterproofed, and then the canvas applied over it with a primer , such as Glidden Gripper ... which would undoubtedly stick over the waterproofing component ( Poly +MinSpts in our case) :thinking:

So Sad we’ve seen so many trailers damaged by a tiny amount of water intrusion ...  :frightened: Damage that could have been prevented by a little waterproofing protection beforehand ... :roll:
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